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Truck of the future

December 11 - 17 , 2019

Gulf Weekly Mai Al Khatib-Camille
By Mai Al Khatib-Camille

Gulf Weekly Truck of the future

Last month, Tesla unveiled its Cybertruck and the Lost in Space looking four-wheeler is picking up adoration for its functionality and futuristic aesthetics.

It wasn’t love at first sight for many motoring enthusiasts as the truck looks clunky and ugly to most. However, Elon Musk had tweeted that the inspiration “partly” came from the transforming 1976 Lotus Esprit submarine car from the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me...a vehicle that he purchased at auction in 2013 for £616,000, which is around BD305,000 today.

I guess it’s true what they say – beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. However, its functionality is what makes this high-tech pickup truck a star.

Apparently, the truck will be able to carry a full 4×8 sheet despite its smaller bed – thanks to a ‘flip stop’ feature on the tailgate. The electric pickup truck is equipped with a full-size 6.5 inch bed. That is a whole two more inches that the Rivian R1T electric pickup.

The utility Cybertruck will also offer up to 14,000 pounds of towing capacity (tri-motor version), 120- and 240-volt outlets that can be used to supply power tools without use of a generator, an on-board air compressor, adaptive air suspension and a motorised roll-out cover that secures the bed which Tesla calls “the vault”. It will also consist of a special tie-down system that allows people to insert anchor or mounting points in various positions and the ability to go from 0 mph to 60mph in less than 2.9 seconds (tri-motor version), 4.5 seconds (dual-motor), or 6.5 seconds (single-motor rear-wheel drive).

The exterior is made of the same stainless steel used in the Starship rocket developed by SpaceX and it’s bullet-proof, resistant to 9mm bullets. The vehicle’s design allows Tesla to cut down massively on production costs, achieving an entry-level price point of $40,000.

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